Air New Zealand has reconnected to all 29 global destinations by relaunching non-stop flights to Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S and a key route for the airline’s recovery.
“Customers flying into Chicago O’Hare International will benefit from convenient one-stop codeshare connections to around 100 destinations across the U.S via the airline’s strong partnership with United Airlines,” said Leanne Geraghty, Chief Customer and Sales Officer for Air New Zealand.
“This resumed service also adds to Chicago O’Hare International’s ranking as the most connected airport in the world.”
Supporting local tourism and hospitality industries, visitors from the U.S reportedly spent over $1.5 billion in New Zealand in 2019, with 12,000 visitors from the state of Illinois alone.
Post-pandemic travel has quicken its pace into Oceania and across the region, airlines are resuming and expanding their global flight networks to the United States.
In early October, French Polynesia’s national airline launched a new partnership with Alaska Airlines and aboard its 78709 Dreamliner, Air Tahiti Nui made its inaugural trip from Seattle to Papeete.
“As only the second U.S. destination for Air Tahiti Nui, we look forward to being a new gateway for travellers seeking to luxuriate in the tropical paradise of Tahiti,” enthused Toshiko Hasegawa, Commissioner for the Port of Seattle.
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Air Tahiti Nui will be operating this new service twice a week and already has a longstanding route to Los Angeles. The airline earlier confirmed that customers would be able to use their Club Tiare miles on Alaska Airlines’ network.